Just The Two and One Half of Us

We were supposed to have a guest stop by for Thanksgiving dinner but our guest can't make it, so it will be just David, Bentley and me. The two and one half of us ;-) I have a 13 pound turkey and we will be having lots of trimmings so I imagine we will be eating left overs for some time. ...more

Thanksgiving China, Crystal, Silver

I love getting ready for Thanksgiving at our house. ...more

Sneak Peek at Christmas Miniatures

Here is a little sneak peek at the mini Christmas living room on a vintage shelf in my breakfast room. ...more

Need Some Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas?

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Fall 2015 Decorations Review

In just one week's time all of the fall decorations at Ash Tree Cottage will be coming down to make way for Christmas. ...more

Through My Garden Gate

Through this garden gate you can enter the back garden on a flagstone path through the deep ginger and past the towering live oaks into the oasis of Bentley. See that big limb of the live oak on the left? ...more

Mr Titmouse Stops By For Lunch

I put up a bird feeder in my backyard recently. ...more

In a Cooking Rut and How to Get Out of It

I have always enjoyed cooking, but lately all I have been thinking about is going out for dinner or ordering in a pizza. What's happened to me ??? I'm in a cooking rut! ...more

Finding Peace During Troubled Times

I had planned on posting yesterday, but given the tragic events in Paris, it just seemed like a frivolous thing to do. ...more

Sweet Violets

Down a green and shady bed A modest violet grew; Its stalk was bent, it hung its head, As if to hide from view. And yet is was a lovely flower, Its colors bright and fair, It might have graced a rosy bower, Instead of hiding there. Yet it was content to bloom, In modest tints arrayed; And there diffused a sweet perfume, Within the silent shade ....more